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Today I got a lot done, starting with making my appointment with the consulate.

I'll be meeting with the visa applications office on October 9th, a Wednesday, at 11:15am. I talked to [livejournal.com profile] lwood and she will make sure I get picked up at the airport, hauled around, and taken to the appointment in time. ([livejournal.com profile] finnchuill, I do intend to at least visit briefly if I'm able while I'm down there.) I will be going down the day before the appointment and returning the day after. This is between the Sherlock Seattle con and SteamCon. I didn't want to put it off until toward the end of the month, as [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor's birthday falls right around then and my brother has a deadline we're working toward.

I talked with my brother on skype for a bit and hammered out some details with him; he needs to make sure my appointment is before November 1st, when his contract with the AF active reserves expires so that it shows best for our financial purposes. Between the two of us, we don't quite hit the $50,000 figure I was quoted in a consulate email, but perhaps with his already being in residence and offering me a place to stay, what we do have will suffice.

As soon as I get a plane ticket (I need to talk with a travel agent to make sure I get a ticket that can be cancelled if the visa is rejected), I can give him the travel date for his letter of invitation form, but I expect it will be around mid-December. I figure if I give it 60-ish days, that should be reasonably sufficient. He's heading off to Austria in the morning for a week for a huge motorcycle rally and will get back to me with more details when he gets home again. We should be able to wrap up the letter of invitation bit by the the middle of the week after he gets home. I am going to ask him to post me the document as well as send me a PDF as I don't want to have them say "you need the original" when I get there, and not be able to provide it.

The contractor came and finished up the bathroom in a few hours, starting a little after noon. The place still smells a bit chemical in here, after the primer and paint. I had to air the place out with both doors and all the windows open for a while today. It'll be a couple of days before it smells normal, more than likely.

I spoke on the phone with BECU; they called me after our email exchange to get specific details about what I need. They apparently have a standard immigration form letter that they can fill out and notarize for me that should meet the consulate's requirements, and can also provide a letter stating that I am a member of the credit union in good standing. The notarized letter costs $18.

Now I have to locate a CPA who can deal with the other bits of this for the second "letter of reference" and to explain in writing why my income is not taxed and that I do not have to file tax returns. I've sent a couple of online inquiries to different offices but not received any response. I suspect I'll have to either bite the bullet and phone someone, or actually walk into an office with papers in hand and ask if they can provide what I need. I should get BECU's letters by late next week and will be able to take them with me when I talk to a CPA to demonstrate what I need. Do any of you local peeps know one that you would recommend?

I did some further research on overseas health insurance and have found something that more than satisfies the consulate's requirements for under $200 a month, so I will get that together closer to the appointment so I can take the documentation with me. This is a better deal, from what I can tell, than one of the places someone suggested to me earlier. They seem to cover more stuff. I am going to fill out the VA document to enroll in their Foreign Medical Program and have them mail the authorization to me c/o my brother at his APO box so that if it takes a while to process, it will get to me anyway.

An email was sent to the regional USDA veterinary office to inquire about vets in the Everett and Seattle area who are qualified to do the paperwork for the DoDC+3 when it becomes necessary. I don't expect a response before the middle of next week due to the holiday. The EU compliant ID chip arrived in today's post. I'll need to make an appointment to have him chipped and redo his rabies vaccine. He needs his nails clipped, too.

I emailed the consulate about the type of plane ticket I need and apparently someone was at their desk because less than half an hour later I received my answer - I need a one-way ticket if I am applying for a residence visa. I sent back an email thanking them for their prompt response. I think this "one question per email" thing is probably the best way to go, given they can provide a one-sentence response and it only takes a minute for them to do it. Seems far more likely to actually get a useful response with this method. Currently, mid-December one-way Seattle to Venice tickets start at just under $900 on a few of the online discount sites. Other sites start at $1200 and go up from there.

Because I made the consulate appointment today, I spent a lot of the day in kind of a panic. I called mom and talked with her for a while to let her know what's going on. She sounded a lot better and said the bronchitis had cleared up, much to her relief. Al's doing better as well, so things are going pretty well at her end of the world. I passed my brother's greetings on to her, as I'd told him I was going to call her when I was done texting with him.

I did go with [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor to the party this evening. There were dancers and fire dancing, and there was music. It did help get me out of my stressed out state. I discovered that dark chocolate flavored red wine and blueberry lavender muffins are a godlike combination that must be tasted to be believed. I rode home with [livejournal.com profile] ingvisson because he was ready to go when I was, and [livejournal.com profile] gra_is_stor was going to stay and play a couple more songs. A couple of dancers from Olympia had just arrived as we were leaving.

I have a road opener candle going on my mantle at the moment. Any and all bureaucracy-smoothing, gate-opening magic/juju will be gratefully welcomed. All good thoughts are appreciated.

*runs screaming into the distance*

This weekend: bill-paying, laundry, more preparation of emails, and further evil plotting and planning.

Next week: Wednesday is shrinkage and Geordie arrives for an overnight visit.

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Date: 2013-08-31 09:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] finnchuill.livejournal.com
Maybe we can do a special post-consulate (and decommissioning) lunch...

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Date: 2013-08-31 10:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
That would be fantastic. I will probably be in need of people who are not freaking out. And tea. And food. *wibble*

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Date: 2013-08-31 04:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] man-of-snows.livejournal.com
Call or txt me any time if it will help!

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
Thank you.

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varushka.livejournal.com
Wow, a lot of developments there. What's your contingency plan if your visa is approved but your condo hasn't sold?

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
I go to Italy and hope they sell it before I need to start paying rent on my own place. The realtor's office can sell it for me if I give them a power of attorney, or we can do the paperwork by fax or fedex. If I do have to pay rent before it's sold, I may just end up bailing on the mortgage; it's a short sale anyway and I have no idea if they will approve it if I'm not in default.

It's not something I will do unless I have to, but I can't afford to pay mortgage and rent at the same time. I've had a lot of people come to see the place, even if there have been no offers yet. People are at least interested.

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Date: 2013-08-31 08:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] varushka.livejournal.com
I know your Realtor said they'd take care of this part of the process for you, but is it the case your lender hasn't yet officially given approval for you to short sell? I thought permission from the lender comes first, or is your Realtor waiting to go to the lender for permission once there's an offer for your place in hand?

Such a lot of complexities and details to manage.


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Date: 2013-08-31 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
We have to wait to actually get an offer before the lender will process the request. We had to get all the paperwork done before we could list the place. Now we're just waiting.

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Date: 2013-09-01 05:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] synapsepi.livejournal.com
That sounds like a lot of things to juggle right now. Good luck!

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Date: 2013-09-01 05:44 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] erynn999.livejournal.com
Thank you. It is. Making sure I actually have my hands on everything by October 9th is the largest source of my stress right now, but I think I can probably manage it if my brother can deal with his end in a timely manner once he gets home from Austria. He needs to have me do this as soon as possible, so I'm doing my best to comply.

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